Saturday, November 5, 2011

Review: Ashfall by Mike Mullin

  • Pub. Date: September 2011
  • Publisher: Tanglewood Press IN
  • Format: Hardcover , 476pp 
(ebook copy from NetGalley for review)

Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying super volcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption.
For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone super volcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to search for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.

My Review
With the world in a a panic thinking the end of the world is coming almost every week, I was interested in this book because it is possible that something like this could happen, and in fact has happened in the past. I was interested to see how it would play out in this book, and I was not disappointed. I also liked that it was a book written from the Male perspective since most of the books I have read lately aren't. The book kept up a good pace, and the story developed well. It was really believable, and that is what really kept me drawn in. 

Alex is a teenage boy, who is left home by himself over the weekend, after winning an argument with his mom, while his parents and little sister travel to visit his aunt and uncle. He is looking forward to playing video games and enjoying his time. All this changes when the super volcano under Yellowstone National Park erupts and destroys his home. His neighbors take him in and try to take care of him, but he leaves after a looter gets killed and he can't stand to stay. Alex is mentally strong and knows he must push on to find his family. He is also very smart and resourceful. He finds ways to use what he has to survive. Through his traveling he meets many obstacles. He finally meets Darla and her mother Mrs. Edmunds, when he is on the verge of death. After unfortunate events he and Darla set off together, and they prove to be a good team. 

I liked how their relationship developed in a realistic way. It was a very progressive thing, and they really went about things the right way, even with the craziness of the ashfall and not knowing whether they will survive. It was nice to have the romance building there, but be in the backround of an amazing story. I was glad that the love story didn't take over, but added to it. 

What I enjoyed the most about this book was how believable the whole thing was. I found myself really thinking about what I would do if something like this happened. I don't think I would have been able to handle half of the stuff that they go through. You really get to see how much the characters grow and change through it. The detail and scariness of all of it was amazing. It was an action packed thriller that kept me turning pages to the very end. It gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.



  1. Wow! This one sounds like my kind of read lol. I hate it when the book is all about the instant romance so I'm glad this one is different. However it sounds kind of scary...I'm a major scaredy cat...

    Great review as always!

  2. Thanks! It really is kind of scary when you think that it really could happen. Really good read though!

  3. Oh Amy, this book sounds fantastic! :-D I'm putting it on my TBR list right now. I don't know when I'll ever be able to pick it up but I know I will!!! I'm so happy you enjoyed it and I do like the thought of it being in the boys POV. Now I'm heading to catch up on the rest of your blog! Be prepared for a lot of comments. :-P

  4. Thank you! I am also trying to play catch up since I haven't had internet for a week.

  5. I loved this book!!! I also love how realistic it is, it's one of those Dystopians where you're legitimately afraid because everything could ACTUALLY HAPPEN! I loved it, it's so great :)

    Anna @ Literary Exploration

  6. This book was a huge 5 star for me too. Probably one of my most favorite dystopians (and it's one of my favorite genres) I'm glad you enjoyed it too - great review. :)

  7. I really enjoyed this book. I was so afraid, though, after reading it that something like that would happen. I would be so unprepared. Did you know Ashen Winter (Ashfall #2) is up on netgalley now? Request!

    1. Yes!! I have already been approved for Ashen Winter. Tanglewood auto approved me for their titles. Thanks for letting me know though. ;)


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